This week at the Octopode Factory Friday our challenge is “Friends”. If you have been one of my bloggy friends for a while now you probably already know that paper flowers are a passion of mine. When I heard that the challenge was friends I knew instantly that I wanted to create a paper flower arrangement with Octopode Factory flowers. I based the arrangement on one of my favorite quotes “Friends are Flowers in the Garden of Life.” This quote is special to me because it was featured on the very first paper flower arrangement I ever made, which was a gift for a friend.
I have created paper flower gardens in the past but waaay back in the day! My primitive first garden attempts were made of egg cartons, popsicle sticks, construction paper, and Elmer’s glue. I suppose things have evolved a bit since then, although I did use some Elmer’s brand products for this project.
It’s hard to see in the photo but there is a mix of green Martha Stewart Glitter adorning the moss (it really sparkles in the light…have I mentioned that I like shiny things?). You see it’s true what they say…”everything you ever need to know in life you learn in Kindergarten”…or something like that.
To create the base I spray painted a clementine box with Krylon white primer and then went over it with Krylon Glitterblast in Twilight Sky. I seriously LOVE this stuff! It is perfection in a can! Don’t shy away from the high price tag (approx $8 per can…eep!!) it is well worth it to not have a goopy glittery, mess. Most of us crafters are messy enough as it is so why add MORE glitter and glue to the mix?
I was able to create two projects with one can so it’s not so bad….have you met Edward yet? He was my first experience with Glitter Blast and now I’m hooked!!
Does the snail look familiar? He was colored like Gary from Sponge Bob under the direction of my 5 yr old son. Who was kind enough to lend me his snail-shell LEGO so I could get the colors right. He also insisted that Gary has a “Maroon Eye”.
“Gary” ,the house and the sentiment were Mod Podged to Grunge Board and Grunge paper to add depth. By the way if you are looking to seal your Copic art work Mod Podge is the BEST!! It will not bleed the colors, dries quick, and is an adhesive and sealer in one! What could be better? The inspiration for the house came from Simon Says Stamp and Show a house. It fits in perfectly sandwiched between the fence and sentiment.
All of the images were colored with Copic markers and can be found at the Octopode Factory. I learned how to color with Copics by using Octopode Factory images. When I went to take my certification class I ordered a bunch of images to bring with me. Before taking the class I had never used a Copic Marker. I felt like a kid again coloring these images and wound up coloring the whole stack during class.
To add dimension to the Copic colored images sizzix flower dies were used to cut Core’dinations card stock from the Tim Holtz/Ranger Collection.
How cheerful is that sunshine? He’s definitely had a Jimmy Dean breakfast for sure!! The sun was mounted on grunge paper and Distress Stain was used to color the back. Wire with beading detail was added to set him apart from the crowd.
Here’s another Copic Tip for you while I’m at it…you see the back of the petals on the eye flower? Those were colored with Distress ink. Instead of having to re-color the back of my petals I simply gave them a quick swipe of Distress ink with my trusty Inkssentials blending tool and wallah!! A perfect color match!
The next time you have a hankering for clementines make sure you keep the box “My Darlin”” and up-cycle it into a lovely flower garden!
Thanks for strolling through the Octopode Garden with me today. I hope you will join us at TOFF!!
I’ll “see” you soon